Friday, June 15, 2012

The Last Refuge Book Review

Boy, have I got a good book to tell you about! Do you love spy movies/books? Do you love the thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat? If you do, then this is the book for you! The Last Refuge written by Ben Coes is a fast paced electrifying thriller. I stayed up several nights pushing the envelope because I wanted to finish it so I could find out how it ended and it did not disappoint me. Well, maybe a little. I would have liked to know what Dewey's answer was to a very important question, but something tells me there is gonna be a next book and I bet I will know the answer then. Okay, as my custom, I will give you an excerpt and then a few opinions of my own.

But, because this is going to have a giveaway attached to it, I won't tell as much as I normally would so that whoever reads this book has lots of secrets to uncover on their own! Oh, I also found out that this is actually his 3rd book based on Dewey Andreas. I sure do wish I had known that there were two others ones out there. I like to read the first book if it is a series so that I know the characters and all that they have been through. Let me know if any of you happen to have read the first two. You can check them out on his website.
In The Last Refuge, Dewey Andreas must face his biggest challenge and most fearsome opponent yet.

Off a quiet street in Brooklyn, New York, Israeli Special Forces commander Kohl Meir is captured by operatives of the Iranian secret service, who smuggle Meir back to Iran where he's imprisoned, tortured and prepared for a show trial.

What they don't know is that Meir was in New York to recruit Dewey Andreas for a secret operation. Meir had been tipped off that Iran had developed a nuclear bomb and was planning to use it to attack Israel. His proof was a photo of the bomb with the words "Goodbye Tel Aviv" written in Farsi.

Dewey Andreas, a former SEAL and Delta, owes his life to Meir and his team of Israeli commandos. Now to repay his debt, Dewey has to attempt the impossible-to both rescue Meir from oneof the world's most secure prisons before he's executed and to find and eliminate Iran's nuclear bomb before it's deployed. All without the help or sanction of Israel or America (or risk near certain detection by Iran before the plan is in place).

Unfortunately, Dewey's first moves have caught the attention of Abu Paria, the brutal and brilliant head of VEVAK, the Iranian secret service. Now Dewey has to face off against, outwit and outfight, an opponent with equal cunning, skill and determination with the destruction of Israel's largest city hanging in the balance.
See what I mean? Even that little bit makes you want to jump right in and start to help figure out what they should do. This drama all starts to unfold in the beginning with our President strongly opposing a meeting with Iran to discuss the disarmament of nuclear weapons. He believes that the President of Iran is lying and he refuses to have anything to do with the meeting. Several of his advisers don't like that and think that he should go, even his own Vice President. But he wins and the matter is settled. But, one day after sending home some of his advisers, he starts to feel funny and he can't even holler out to the Secret Service that something is wrong. He has suffered a massive stroke and it is his faithful dog who barks constantly and gets the agent's attention.

While at the hospital, it is concluded that he is brain dead and has a DNR in place so the leaders decide to respect that and this gives the Vice President his shot at becoming President. He's not a bad guy, just in way over his head. He never planned on having to take over. He just assumed he would always be the Vice President. His views on the Iran meeting also differed from the former President. He decides that he will go to the meeting. Even if the Iranians are lying about really letting in the nuclear commission to make sure they are not making a bomb, he thinks if there is the slightest chance, he must go.

Of course, this is all a mute point, because in fact, Iran already has one made and is planning on using it to level Israel. But first, they want to strike a double blow at Israel by capturing the hero of their Secret Service, Kohl Meir and because he is the grandson of a very famous woman, Golda Meir. All Iranian fanatics hate her for what she represented while she was alive. She gave her people hope that one day all this would be over and Iran could not stand that! So, they wanted to parade him in front of the TV and make all of Israel mourn his death and then they would strike with the bomb.

However, they did not count on Dewey Andreas, who is bent on saving the man who saved him once from a certain death in another country. Kohl Meir's group of commando's was able to rescue him but in the process, six of Meir's men were killed. This leaves a heavy burden on Dewey and he knows he cannot abandon this man even though everyone tells him it is a suicide mission. The prison they have Meir in is one of the tightest security wise prison in the world. No one has ever escaped except in a body bag. They are also known for their cruelty to the prisoners. They torture them relentlessly and Dewey fears for Meir's life and mind. But, he is equally determined to get him out and no one is able to talk him out of it.

Okay, that is where I will stop because after this is where all the action really heats up and you don't want to know it all. The book is well written and sometimes very graphic and real but I bet it is even worse in real life. I know that some of the things done to torture Meir would probably make me lose my mind the first hour let alone days! If you are a thriller/spy/mystery kind of nut like me, then you will appreciate this book and will want to read it ASAP. Once I started, I had a hard time putting it down because several parts of the book were so explosive, I was afraid that the whole plan would unravel and Dewey along with Meir would be lost forever. You gotta get this book and read it!

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. 


ProudGrL said...

Biographies & Horror

ProudGrL said...

I left a comment on your FB page letting u know who would be getting the book if I win.
The name with my comment is Samantha Eldridge.

Maryea said...

mysteries thrillers

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

Young adult fiction
Valerie Taylor Mabrey
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Wild N Mild $$$ said...


Jennifer Rote
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Norma Neal said...

I read a lot. I love mysteries and thrillers. This one sounds good.
Norma Neal

Tiffany Mary Cecilia said...

I usually read sci fi, fantasy, and romance novels.

awhartness said...

I like to read fiction, autobiographies, and biographies.
Angela Hartness
awhartness at yahoo dot com

Bethie said...

I read all types of books.

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